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September 15, 2011
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have not allocated enough funding for federal juvenile justice programs in 2012. Unless funding is restored, the federal government will support fewer youth development programs and day and evening reporting centers that prevent delinquency and help keep more youth out of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. States will receive less assistance to ensure youth who are incarcerated get rehabilitative, humane, and fair treatment. Criminologists estimate that steering just one high-risk delinquent youth away from a life of crime saves society $3 million to $6 million in reduced victim costs and criminal justice expenses, plus increased wages and tax payments over the course of a young person’s life. By cutting delinquency prevention programs and relying more on incarceration, we are choosing the most costly option of all.
Read “Senate Approps Cuts Federal Juvenile Programs Deeply, But Funds All of Them” in Youth Today.